Although I sometimes joke that I hope this baby will be more punctual than Luke, who has five days late and put me through 22 hours of labor, the truth is, I know and love that I'm lucky when it comes to pregnancy. I'm lucky because carrying babies to term is just what my body does. I don't know what makes me different than other women in this aspect, or what makes my babies different, but I am so thankful. But for those women and babies who aren't so lucky, I am thankful for organizations like March of Dimes.
While I've never dealt with infant prematurity, March of Dimes has touched my life, in a very different way. When my mother was 9, she had polio. The type of polio she had was Bulbar polio, known to be the most severe and deadly type of polio. She spent a year in the hospital, but her parents never had to pay a single cent of her hospital bill. Why? Someone from March of Dimes approached my grandfather and told him that it would all be taken care of... and it was. I can't imagine the fear my grandparents must have felt at that time, but I can imagine that knowing that at the very least, the monetary part was taken care of must have made it slightly easier.
This Sunday, I am doing the March for Babies walk with Beth, in honor of her sweet baby boys. I am so pleased to be walking with her, and I am also so pleased to have worked to raise money for this organization.
If you feel compelled to donate any amount, even a tiny bit, I would greatly appreciate it. You can always click that button in my sidebar.
Even better than just a straight up donation is the opportunity to make a donation AND get a little somethin' somethin'. How you ask? The fabulously talented Beth is selling her prints on Etsy and from now until April 30th, she'll be donating any proceeds to March of Dimes. Not only are her prints breathtaking, but you can consider it a donation! How great is that?
And! Another of my favorite girls is giving away one of Beth's prints. You can even gain yourself an extra entry by making a donation to March of Dimes.
Whether you've been touched by all that March of Dimes supports, I hope you'll consider making a donation or buying a print. Every little bit counts!